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Top 10 Blog Articles of 2009

2009 – The year of the inauguration of Barak Obama, the death of Michael Jackson, and the global pandemic known as the swine flu. In pop culture, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was the year’s top selling movie. In science, the mouse genome was entirely sequenced and water was discovered on the moon.

In the law, the LegalMatch law blog covered issues such as drug abuse in America, workplace sexual harassment, and Google’s encroachment on the territory of Westlaw and Lexis Nexis.

1. Beating Up Unconscious Sleeping Walking Trespasser is Still Illegal

When someone breaks into your apartment at night, what do you do? Naturally, you beat him up and throw him out. In most cases, the law would be on your side. However, what about the case where the intruder isn’t a criminal, but a sleepwalker?

2. New to Juvenile Crime?

When considering explanations for juvenile crime statistics, it’s easy to cast blame on violent video games, angry music, full contact sports, etc. However, it’s helpful to take a step back and consider the fact that kids have always caused trouble—it’s their nature to rebel. Juvenile crime is nothing new.

3. Crazy Lawsuits: Pee Your Pants for $1.59 Million

What’s the value of being able to take a restroom break at work? For a receptionist who has peed her pants several times while on the clock, that value is estimated as $1.59 million.

4. CNN Falsely Attributes Racist Quote to Rush Limbaugh

For today’s lesson on suing for libel or slander, consider the case of CNN falsely attributing a racist comment to radio host Rush Limbaugh.

5. Email: It’s Fast, Easy, and Now Unprotected from Unlawful Searches

Laws concerning Internet privacy are continually evolving—sometimes in a positive direction, sometimes not. For those of us who depend upon the Internet to transmit a majority of our daily communications, it is important to understand basic privacy protections.

6. Not Your Ordinary Noisy Neighbors

What’s the opposite of visiting a relationship counselor about your unhappy sex life? Answer: Getting sued by your neighbors for noise complaints.

7. Phizer Leaving New London 5 Years After Supreme Court Eminent Domain Ruling

For “just compensation,” the government holds the power to take private property for public use. In this case, the government’s exercise of its eminent domain power wasn’t beneficial for private or public parties. Then again, after the fact, there’s not much anyone can do about it.

8. Google Nudges Its Way into LexisNexis and Westlaw Territory

When Google introduced Google Scholar, certain legal publishers (LexisNexis and Westlaw) were concerned for their future as essential players in the practice of law. In general, Google has undertaken a valuable pursuit: to provide free access to scholarly materials for everyone.

9. Drug Abuse: Just What the Economy Ordered?

The moment when illegal drug use begins to decline, prescription drug abuse begins to rise. How does this affect the economy?

10. Jobs with the Most Reported Sexual Harassment Cases

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a common occurrence across a number of industries. Thankfully, a recent Supreme Court case offers protections for people who report instances of sexual harassment while at work.

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  • Peter Clarke

    LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor

    Attorney at Law